Title Details

Capacity Smith

Makes the case for farmers to adopt modern methods on their dairy farms.
Year : 1951 | Total Duration : 32 Minutes | Producer : John Martin-Jones, Stanley Hawes
Director : Colin Dean |
Barry Flint as Jim Smith brushing a dairy cow. Barry Flint as Jim Smith standing on a stack of hay. Barry Flint as Jim Smith, delivering a basket of eggs to his mother, Dorothy Brown. Barry Flint as Jim Smith, seated at table with his father, Neil Brown, whilst his mother, Dorothy Brown, serves a meal.
WS country scene with rolling hills, forests and stream with dairy cattle in foreground. CU feet of farmer walking along dirt path and CU bull with ring in nose then tilt to farmer walking with basket. WS village nestled in valley. LS farmer walking through field seen from between ears of corn crop. CU chickens scratching in dirt. GS young man entering gate to farmhouse carrying small basket and speaking to women before collecting eggs next to corrugated iron water tank.
Access No. 132799 | 1 min 46 secs | 1950s | Kangaroo Valley, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
CUs dairy activities including removing milking device from cow's udders, cow leaving shed, device being washed and VS milk churns. GS young man collecting eggs from basket and later greeting dairy farmer. MS of the pair having chat about feeding of cow. Young man waves to daughter sweeping dairy shed floor as the two men walk off. VS of farmer in shed filling small bag with feed then handing it to young man who waves as he leaves. WS of young man walking across field and LS to him crossing suspension bridge over river and VS walking through cemetery. CU young man and good atmospheric WS of misty valley and hills.
Access No. 132800 | 2 mins 2 secs | 1950s | Kangaroo Valley, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Milk truck parked on country road. VS dairy operations and GS farmer taking milking machines off cows' udders and working machinery. MS truck driver looking out window and sounding horn. VS farmer loading milk churn onto horse-pulled sled and riding off. WS young man climbing over timber fence. LS to farmer driving horse-drawn sled across field. Top shot over basket of eggs being placed on ground and CU to calves feeding with heads through slatted fence. VS between young man feeding calf and travelling sled through mud. Calf feeding from bucket. VS heated exchange between young man and his farmer father. WS farmer departing on sled.
Access No. 132801 | 2 mins 51 secs | 1950s | Kangaroo Valley, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Young man carries basket of eggs through farmhouse gate and into house. CU woman darning clothes wearing thimble. GS of her sewing by oil lamp light. VS young man talking to his mother while she sews. GS farmer outside in evening and sunset shot. VS mother serving evening meal with family gathered around eating by lamp light. VS father and son arguing and son leaving table. CUs young man cleaning shotgun in his room and VS of him having a conversation with his mother about going to agricultural college. CU face of young man and VS of parents in next room having argument at table.
Access No. 132802 | 3 mins 35 secs | 1950s | Kangaroo Valley, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS father speaking to young man milking cow in darkened shed. WS carriage pulled by two shirehorses arriving on circular drive of Hawkesbury Agricultural College. GS male students helping newly arrived students from carriage with them all entering college. VS young man meeting students, walking past secretary and entering principal's office for interview. VS of the two conversing. WS horse buggy along country road. VS teams of horses along road and two boys on bicycle alongside horse team. GS horses feeding from wooden troughs in field.
Access No. 132803 | 1 min 56 secs | 1950s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
GS students riding bicycles through archway of Hawkesbury Agricultural College. VS young male students dinging at long tables in dining hall. CUs pool game and MS student playing trumpet. VS students running outside buildings at night and tilt up to light in window. GS young man lying awake in bed. WS students gather outside farm building and GS horses led out of stables with VS horse teams being readied in stable square. Good WS of hay being loaded onto horsedrawn wagon with forks and tilt to young man stomping down hay. VS feed preparation and GS conveyor belt running.
Access No. 132804 | 1 min 50 secs | 1950s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS classroom lecture in session at agricultural college with VS of teacher in front of blackboard and students asking tutor question abtout grasses. VS students playing cricket with wicket being taken. GS young man diving into swimming pool. CU young man trying cigarette and showing repulsion. MS student playing flute. WS plough with horse team of six. Horse-drawn cart with driver sitting on load of timber. VS students shovelling chaff and CU hand writing on wall with chalk. heavy cart of chaff being pushed on tracks towards camera. CU man writing with chalk on animal stall blackboards and VS feed being prepared.
Access No. 132805 | 2 mins 21 secs | 1950s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MS agricultural college tutor giving lesson on dairy bulls with diagram on blackboard behind him. MS to male students seated at desks listening. CU pointer on board as tutor explains diagram. CU plough through crops and ECU fingers picking up caterpillar from ground. CUs illustrations of Brown Vegetable Weevil and grasshopper. ECU beetle specimens pinned on board. CU barrel of shotgun firing and GS young men lying in row on grass with shotguns practising firing. CU young man pulling trigger. VS students doing stomp and chant as they say their goodbyes. MS young man with his father in dairy shed having disagreement about irrigation costs.
Access No. 132806 | 1 min 44 secs | 1950s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS tractors being driven towards camera and VS tractors with ploughs attached working ground. MS tutor giving students lessons in using surveying equipment in classroom. CU model being discussed. Students practising surveying in field. VS students in classroom asking questions and VS student using microscope. WS student football match. VS students at dance in formal attire with female partners. GS students looking at photograph of cow. CU graphics on blackboard with voice-over of tutor lecturing on milk production. GS cricket game with tilt to wooden scoreboard as scores are physically being changed. MS tutor in white coat asking students questions from front of class. GS students filing out of classroom at end of term.
Access No. 132807 | 2 mins 32 secs | 1950s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS young man measuring gate posts at family farm and talking to father about trying new crops. Lecturer at lectern speaking about milk products and zoom in to graphic on blackboard. CU calf feeding. CU young man brushing cow, driving buggy, holding reins of plough, in laboratory, studying, taking exam and oral interview with examiner. CUs of examination paper. Photographer putting head under black cloth of tripod camera and WS to large crowd of students and lecturers of agricultural college posed for graduation photograph. GS parents arriving by bus and young man greeting parents. VS families walking to hall and being seated. VS graduation ceremony, shots over audience and young man receiving his diploma. CU diploma.
Access No. 132808 | 3 mins | 1950s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
GS dairy farmer mending fence then having conversation with son about feeding cattle with CU to son trying to explain his ideas by scratching into fence post. WS cattle grazing in fields. GS father and son having disagreement while leaning on post in field. Comical scene with surveying equipment between father and son. GS son working plough drawn by two horses. WS farmland. VS of father and son working together then having argument standing by water tank about bank loans. VS herd testers collecting milk from cows in stalls then CUs measuring capacity on spring scale, writing in log book and carrying out tests. MS son joining in with experiments.
Access No. 132809 | 2 mins 13 secs | 1950s | Kangaroo Valley, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS dairy farmer and son walking back to house with bank manager discussing bank loan. VS father and son working on improvements to farm including reroofing barn, mending gates, CUs hammering and VS building timber building. Zoom out from son helping farmer start new tractor and father struggling with controls. Low angle shot of tractor being driven jerkily towards camera. VS buildings being painted, cobwebs removed, tree being chopped down and building being demolished. CUs spring scale and figures being written in log book. VS painting interiors, truck spreading soil improver, son driving tractor and electricity being connected. CU mother turning on light switch for first time. CUs electrical milking equipment starting up.
Access No. 132810 | 2 mins 30 secs | 1950s | Kangaroo Valley, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Father and son walking out of milking shed at night and CU son gazing up at electricity wires. MS mother in kitchen preparing tea and MS visiting young woman playing pianola with son drinking teas next to her. GS family with visitors taking tea in sitting room with the men discussing new farming methods. VS guests leaving as father stands on verandah laughing to himself. Son farewells guests as he hangs his jacket over fence and walks off.
Access No. 132811 | 3 mins 8 secs | 1950s | Kangaroo Valley, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |